‘Ngā Hui Whakahononga’ continues across the motu

Minister for Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell continues his regional area visits across the motu till the end of March.

Published: Rātū, 27 Kohitātea, 2015 | Tuesday, 27 January 2015

“I’m keen to hear first-hand what issues are important for our local communities and what I can do in my role to support them,” says Mr Flavell.

The Minister says this is an opportunity for our whānau to share their views and to consider pragmatic ways he and other Ministerial colleagues can assist Māori in the regions to achieve their aspirations.

“When I became a Minister I committed to get out to communities and listen to those people who work with our people every day,” he says.

A total of 26 regional hui have been held with different communities in Waikato, Rotorua, Taranaki, Tauranga, Ōpōtiki, Palmerston North, Auckland, Kaitāia, Kaikohe, and Whāngārei.

Participants at the Ōtautahi, Christchurch session.

Debbie Bean Senior Advisor at Te Puni Kōkiri says that these visits are really important for our communities.

"These visits allow the Minister to touch base on key issues and identify areas to assist Māori who are working on the ground. It allows our regions to be able to voice their ideas and concerns.

A number of issues and themes have been identified so far, we’ll summarise all those views when all the regional visits have been completed.”

Visits are planned till the end of March 2015 for more details go here.